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What happens if your CDL is suspended?

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2021 | DUI - Drunk Driving |

If you’re a truck driver and you are based in Oklahoma, your commercial driver’s license (CDL) isn’t just a privilege, it’s how you earn your income. However, commercial licenses can be suspended just as easily as regular licenses. If you rack up too many convictions on your record, your CDL might be suspended for the rest of your life.

What happens when your CDL is suspended?

When a judge suspends your CDL, you can’t legally drive a commercial vehicle until the suspension expires. The length of your suspension depends on the type of conviction and the number of past convictions that you have on your record. For example, if an officer charges you with a first-offense DUI, you could lose your CDL for up to a year. For second DUI offenses, you could lose your CDL for life.

Once the suspension period is over, you can retake the CDL test and get your license again. You might have to pay reinstatement fees. You can also contest the CDL suspension with the help of a DUI defense attorney. To request a hearing, you’ll have to get in touch with the Department of Public Safety. Note that you’ll have to request a hearing within 15 days of your conviction.

Could an attorney help you get your license back?

If you’ve lost your license, your fight isn’t over. An attorney could help you schedule a hearing with the Department of Public Safety and argue your case. If you’re successful, you might be able to keep your license so you can continue earning a living. An attorney could also help you get your license reinstated if you’ve already gone through the suspension period.